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Positive Outcomes
 
Victims get the opportunity to:
 
  • Obtain information - ask questions of the offender to understand what happened and the underlying reasons for the offense
  • Express the impact - directly tell the person who caused them harm how their actions have affected them
  • Be empowered - be part of the decision-making process regarding what will happen next and how to deal with the aftermath of the incident
  • Obtain restitution - be able to ask for restitution, both concrete and symbolic

 

The community gets the opportunity to:

  • Be recognized and participate as secondary victims - attention to their concerns as victims
  • Be empowered - be part of the decision-making process regarding what will happen next and how to deal with the aftermath of the incident
  • Build community responsibility - opportunities to (re)build a sense of community and mutual accountability

 

Offenders get the opportunity to:
 
  • Take accountability - opportunity to take accountability for the offense and meet face-to-tace with the victim and community in order to repair the harm done
  • Undergo personal transformation - opportunity to address and heal the underlying issues that contributed to their offending behavior
  • Reintegrate - through taking accountability and righting the wrongs, offenders may feel good about being in the community again